from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bad bargain.
- n. A forfeit paid for withdrawing from a bargain.
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"Nay, they say that's no'but a rue-bargain, and she found out her mind after she wedded -- that's all the clot-heads think about it."
"Nay, sir, but if it's a rue-bargain it is easily mended," said the girl, her eyes aflame and her figure quivering and erect.
Andrew, notwithstanding my threats, continued to battle the point, as he said it would cost him a guinea of rue-bargain to the man who had bought his pony, before he could get it back again.